Vietnam’s hosting of the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliament Union (IPU-132) is a strong demonstration of the growth of the country’s National Assembly (NA) and the confidence of the international community and the IPU in its capabilities, a Lao official has said.

During his recent interview with a Laos-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent, Head of the Lao National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee Kukeo Ackhamonty, who will lead a Lao delegation to attend IPU-132 in Hanoi from March 28-April 1, lauded Vietnam’s topic selections for the event, calling them relevant and critical discussion points for the current global development context.

He stressed that selected topics, which will focus on realising sustainable development goals, is especially appropriate as global heads of state are to gather in New York City, the US in September to seek common consensus on sustainable development.

Kukeo continued to say Laos and Vietnam should enhance links and experience exchange to map out plans for common sustainable development targets, adding that Lao leaders are interested in all post-2015 sustainable development goals.

The Lao official affirmed that through the event, Vietnam will contribute to IPU’s activities in the coming years and strengthen the organisation.-VNA